Microsoft Surface RT1

28 / 02 / 2014 | S.A. Degueurce

On 26th October 2012 Microsoft released the Surface RT1 with the lastest version of Windows : Windows 8.

There is a NVIDIA Tegra quad core CPU, a 10.6 inch 1366x768 IPS screen and it only weighs 680 grams.

Visible features include a 5 bilion pixel rear camera and a 0.9 megapixel front camera. On the side, there are a headphone jack, a microphone, double stereo speakers, a volume rocker, a USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI out and a micro SD card slot. A removable keyboard which also protects the screen is provided with the device. The keyboard comes in different colors such as black, blue or even pink. At the back, there is a pedestal which enables the user to put the Surface on a table, like a computer. As for the screen, it is tactile and feels responsive to tapping, swiping or typing. It is precise.

The Surface is provided with the Microsoft Office 2013 Family Edition software which includes word, excel, powerpoint, onenote and outlook. The battery has a running life of 8 hours in use and 7 to 8 hours in stand by mode.

The Windows Store gives the user the possibility to download some apps or games, but options are really limited. There are not as many apps as in the Google Play or Apple Stores. You can customize the dashboard and the desktop in the same way as on a computer. In the center, at the bottom, the Microsoft logo gives you access to the dashboard in one touch.

This device is convenient if you need a tool to carry on with your work when you are abroad, something to keep abreast of changes, to take some notes at school, play games on the train or on the plane, or simply to watch a movie in your bed before sleeping.

The Windows Surface RT1 is available on the Microsoft Store website for 339 € for the 32 gegabyte version and 441 € for the 64 gegabyte one. I think it is a bit expensive.

I really like the Surface RT. The design is nice, it has a great screen resolution, you can add some external storage device such as a USB Flash Drive or a Hard Disk Drive and even a micro SD memory card. It is easy to carry around as it is not heavy and it does not take much space.

The only thing which disappoints me is the fact that you can not download, install and run any software which comes from the Internet because of the processor which does not allow x86 programs to run. You are forced to download these on the Windows Store. I think the price is too high, so it is not really affordable to the people on a budget.

Kévin L., 1BTS SLAM